Fully accredited by the American Dental Association, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Residency is affiliated with School of Health & Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University and New York Medical College. It is a four-year program that offers high-quality educational guidance and broad hands-on experience at several sites:
- St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center;
- The Veteran's Administration Center;
- Monmouth Medical Center; and
- Mountainside Hospital.
The sponsoring institution, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center is a state designated trauma center, housing the Children's Hospital at St. Joseph's, which is home to the Regional Craniofacial Center. At the Veterans Administration Medical Center, second-year residents place implants, perform dentoalveolar and pre-prosthetic surgery, and gain valuable exposure to head-and-neck oncology. Additional experience in ambulatory oral surgery is obtained at Mountainside while the Monmouth experience focuses on reconstructive and cosmetic maxillofacial surgery. When off-service, senior residents operate with craniofacial and oculoplastic surgeons, as well as with a fellowship-trained cosmetic OMS. The breadth, scope and volume of clinical activity ensure that residents are well trained in the full scope of OMS. Interested residents may pursue the MD option through New York Medical College where they may be candidates for advanced standing upon successful completion of OMS training.
The core didactic program includes:
- Weekly seminars cycling annually;
- Grand Rounds, monthly;
- Journal Clubs, monthly; and
- Special presentations and "roundtable" sessions.
Teaching is ongoing in the operating room, the clinic and on rounds every day. Residents also complete a one-semester course in Research Methods through the School of Health & Medical Sciences and participate in a head-and-neck anatomy cadaver dissection course at St. Joseph's. Ongoing involvement with scholarly activity is required and mentorship is provided by faculty members.
Physical diagnosis training begins within the department and continues with a rotation to Clifton Family Medicine. Other rotations include four months in the Department of Anesthesiology, two months in the Department of Medicine, four months in the Department of Surgery, one month of Orthopedic Surgery and one-month of cosmetic surgery at Monmouth.
Close cooperation between general and pediatric dentistry residents and those training in oral and maxillofacial surgery allows for team management of implant patients and a collaborative approach to the care of maxillofacial trauma and dentofacial deformity patients.
The faculty consists of two full-time and one half-time board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons and a large number of committed part-time faculty members as well as two orthodontists, a maxillofacial prosthodontist, an oral pathologist, an otolaryngologist/head-and-neck surgeon and a craniofacial surgeon. Other medical and dental general practitioners and specialists are readily accessible.